Friday, October 23, 2009

Scenes of the Peru Lima East Mission

The following pictures, taken by Elder Scott Zimmerman, provide a brief pictorial overview of the Peru Lima East Mission. To see an enlarged view of any pictures, just click it; and then click the Back arrow button on your browser to return to the blog.

The Peru Lima East Mission includes not only the mission office but also the South American Northwest Area Offices:

The Lima Missionary Training Center (Lima MTC) [also called the "Centro de Capacitación Misional" or CCM] is also located within the boundries of our mission:

Near the Lima MTC and within our mission is the Lima Temple:

Lima has large shopping malls and department stores, but it also has open-air markets:

The Pacific Ocean forms the western border of Peru, although the beach is not in our mission:

A view of the Pacific at sundown:

The mission also includes the High Central Peruvian Andes. This picture shows the terraced farmlands on the south side of the city of Tarma, shown down at the bottom of the valley:

Two women load milk to take to the local market in Tarma:

The dirt road that winds its way up the mountain between Palcamayo and San Pedro de Cajas:

An LDS member of the San Pedro de Cajas (13,300 feet above sea level) branch:

An LDS member of the Junín branch (13,600 feet):

A wild vicuña, relative to the domesticated llama and alpaca:

An open-air market in Izcuchaca, Peru, between Huancayo and Huancavelica:

Farmlands built on the edge of cliffs in the High Central Andes near Huancavelica:

A common site throughout Peru: Catholic chapels. This one is located in Huancavelica.

A Quechua-speaking member of the Huancavelica branch:

High mountains and meadow (13,500 feet) with a shepherd and his dog:

Lake Junín, the second largest lake in Peru (Lake Titicaca is bigger), located at 13,500 above sea level, in the cold, wind-swept Pampas (altiplano) of Junín:

An 18,000-foot peak near Ticlio pass:

To see more of Scott's pictures of Peru and the Peru Lima East Mission, click here.

Peru Lima East Mission (Misión Perú Lima Este)

The Peru Lima East Mission (Misión Perú Lima Este), from which we recently returned home, covers the east side of the city of Lima (on the coast) and also the High Central Andes of Peru.

The mission is one of seven missions (as of October 2009) in Peru, as shown in this map:

The Peru Lima East Mission, the Peru Lima North Mission, the Peru Lima South Mission, and the Peru Lima Central Mission, each cover a section of Lima as well as several regions (state-like politcal areas), as indicated in the above map.

The Peru Lima East Mission includes the following regions: Lima, Huánuco (with the city of Huánuco as its capital), Pasco (with Cerro de Pasco as its capital), Junín (with Huancayo as its capital and includes Tarma where we lived for seven months), and Huancavelica (with the city of Huancavelica as its capital).

To travel through the Peru Lima East Mission involves more elevation changes that any other mission in the Church. A typical tour of the mission starts in Lima (sea level, where there are 10 LDS stakes), goes up from there over Ticlio pass at 15,807 feet above sea level, drops down to La Oroya (12,200 feet; 2 LDS branches), passed through the town of Junín (13,600 feet; an LDS branch), climbs up to Cerro de Pasco (14,200 feet, the highest stake in the Church), drops down to Huánuco (6,200 feet; two stakes), returns past Cerro de Pasco, drops down to Tarma (10,050 feet; four LDS branches), drops farther down to La Merced (2,600 feet; an LDS stake), returns up to Tarma, goes over a pass of 13,600 feet, drops down to Huancayo (10,600 feet; two LDS stakes), travels on to Huancavelica (12,100 feet; an LDS branch), and returns over the Ticlio pass and back down to Lima.

For more information about this fabulously diverse mission, read more of this blog.